WASHINGTON (AP) - The District government will pay up to $6.2 million to resolve allegations in a lawsuit that inmates were detained beyond court-ordered release dates and subjected to unnecessary strip searches.
The Washington Post reports (http://wapo.st/16E1tjC ) the agreement filed this week must be approved by the court.
U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth found in 2011 that the District government violated hundreds of inmates' rights by detaining and strip searching them long after they received orders for release. In 2008, the court found that the Corrections Department had taken steps to address the problem.
Lead attorney William Claiborne acknowledges that the release system is improved and says most defendants entitled to release are now let go at the courthouse instead of being returned to jail.
Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com
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